Sun  ID: 3028

A 3-Dimensional Model of the Magnetosphere (WMS)

The earth's magnetosphere protects the earth from high-energy charged particles coming from the sun. Some charged particles are deflected by the magnetosphere, while others become trapped and produce the aurora. This presentation shows a 3-dimensional model of the magnetosphere. The features that it highlights are flat ribbons representing the paths of charged particles deflected by the magnetosphere, triangular ribbons representing magnetic field lines, and colored surfaces representing constant values of magnetic force. The original model is in Open Inventor format, and is available here.

Visualization Credits

Eric Sokolowsky (GST): Lead Animator
Tom Bridgman (GST): Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Dan Spicer (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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Data Used:
3D Unstructured-mesh Magnetosphere Simulation
Model generated by Dan Spicer, NASA
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